Biden lands back in D.C. with grandson Beau and son Hunter

Biden lands back in D.C. with grandson Beau and son Hunter after ride on Air Force One: President returns from vacation to sign inflation reduction bill – as Republicans fume at Trump getting raided before his son and after Jill tested COVID positive

  • President Biden helped grandson Beau off of Air Force One
  • Family returned from their South Carolina vacation
  • But first lady Jill Biden stayed behind after testing positive for covid 
  • Hunter Biden and Melissa Cohen traveled back with president
  • Biden, Hunter and Melissa all wore face masks
  • Biden returning to White House to sign Inflation Reduction Act
  • He will go to Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday evening 

President Joe Biden helped his grandson Beau off of Air Force One when the Biden family landed back in Washington D.C. on Tuesday afternoon, finishing up a week-long vacation in Kiawah Island, South Carolina. 

But they were missing one member – first lady Jill Biden, who tested positive for covid and remained in South Carolina to isolate.

The president held his grandson’s hand as he helped the two-year-old down the stairs of the presidential plane. Biden was wearing a face mask in accordance with CDC guidelines after being declared a ‘close contact’ of the first lady.

‘She’s doing well,’ Biden told reporters of his wife. He tested negative for covid on Tuesday, according to the White House.

Biden will mask in indoor settings for 10 days when he is close to other people, according to the White House. He will also have his testing cadence increased. 

The president is recovering from his own case of covid. Biden, 79, first tested positive for covid on July 21. He later came down with a rebound case on July 30, forcing him back into isolation until August 7, when he tested negative again.

Hunter Biden, the president’s son, and his wife Melissa Cohen also wore face masks as they stepped off the airplane and onto the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews. The two joined President BIden and Beau in the presidential limo known as the Beast for the ride back to the White House.

President Joe Biden helped grandson Beau Biden off of Air Force One on Tuesday

President Joe Biden helped grandson Beau Biden off of Air Force One on Tuesday

The Bidens returned to Washington D.C. on Tuesday afternoon after their South Carolina vacation - minus one family member, first lady Jill Biden, who tested positive for covid

The Bidens returned to Washington D.C. on Tuesday afternoon after their South Carolina vacation – minus one family member, first lady Jill Biden, who tested positive for covid

Hunter Biden and his wife Melissa Cohen traveled back to Washington with the president and tehir son

Hunter Biden and his wife Melissa Cohen traveled back to Washington with the president and tehir son

President Biden wore a face mask and will for the next 10 days as he's considered a close contact to Jill Biden

President Biden wore a face mask and will for the next 10 days as he’s considered a close contact to Jill Biden

Biden will keep to his Tuesday schedule and sign the Inflation Reduction Act at the White House before heading to Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday evening to take a few more vacation days. 

The House passed the bill Friday 220-207 on a party-line vote after it squeaked through the Senate 51-50 with all Democrats and Vice President Kamala Harris voting for it under the reconciliation process, which protected it from a Republican filibuster.

It ranks as one of Biden’s top legislative achievements, and, while Biden officially signs it on Tuesday afternoon, he’ll hold a celebratory event for it at the White House on September 6. 

He also will be back on the road soon, as he seeks to sell the legislation and give Democrats a boost as they try to cling to control of the House and Senate in November’s midterm election. 

Biden has yet to publicly comment on other big news of the past week – the raid at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home. 

The White House has said the president found out about the raid only after it was carried out and has not spoken to Attorney General Merrick Garland about it. Garland said he personally ordered the raid. 

Trump has claimed to be the victim. He blasted the Department of Justice and FBI repeatedly on Monday for an ‘assault on a political opponent.’

Several Republicans also have joined in on the former president’s fury. 

Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz made the unfounded claim that Biden is ‘undermining the peaceful transfer of power’ over the FBI‘s search of Trump’s Palm Beach home. 

He also attacked Garland for approving FBI agents’ request to seek a warrant for the operation, which was then approved by a federal judge. 

Cruz joined a long list of Republicans condemning the Biden administration over the raid on Monday, calling the operation ‘utterly unprecedented’ during a taping of taping ‘The Verdict with Ted Cruz.’

‘Federal law enforcement officers raiding the home of a former president has never happened – going all the way back to George Washington,’ the Texas conservative said.

‘This has never happened, in significant part, because we’re a country that has a tradition of the peaceful transfer of power.’

President Biden told reporters Jill Biden is 'doing well' as Hunter takes Beau to get in the presidential car for the ride back to the White House

President Biden told reporters Jill Biden is ‘doing well’ as Hunter takes Beau to get in the presidential car for the ride back to the White House

Beau Biden, 2, climbs off the stairs of Air Force One

Beau Biden, 2, climbs off the stairs of Air Force One

President Biden, with Hunter, Beau and Melissa, prepares to leave South Carolina

President Biden, with Hunter, Beau and Melissa, prepares to leave South Carolina

First Lady Jill Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday morning after a negative test Tuesday and while wrapping up a family beach vacation. Pictured: The first lady shops at Freshfields Village shops in Kiawah Island, South Carolina on Sunday, August 14, 2022

First Lady Jill Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday morning after a negative test Tuesday and while wrapping up a family beach vacation. Pictured: The first lady shops at Freshfields Village shops in Kiawah Island, South Carolina on Sunday, August 14, 2022

Senator Ted Cruz said during a taping of his podcast that the Biden administration is guilty of an 'abuse of power' over the FBI's unannounced search of Mar-a-Lago

Senator Ted Cruz said during a taping of his podcast that the Biden administration is guilty of an ‘abuse of power’ over the FBI’s unannounced search of Mar-a-Lago

During Monday’s raid of Trump’s Florida home, FBI agents took 11 sets of classified documents, photographs and other files marked ‘top secret’ among boxes of items. 

In all, FBI agents took 27 boxes of documents, according to the federal warrant.

Monday’s raid was part of a longer-running investigation into documents Trump took with him when he left the White House.

Under the Presidential Records Act, all such documents must be turned over to the National Archives and Records Administration at the end of each presidential administration.

The law declared all presidential and vice presidential records property of the federal government, with ‘custody, control and preservation’ of the records delegated to the National Archives when a president leaves office. 

Trump returned 15 boxes to the Archives earlier this year. But, on Monday, in a day-long search, agents went through storage space at Mar-a-Lago and areas in Trump’s personal residence, removing more material.

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